Models of disability support governance: a framework for assessing and reforming social policy

Henman, Paul and Foster, Michele (2015) Models of disability support governance: a framework for assessing and reforming social policy. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 50 3: 233-252.

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Author Henman, Paul
Foster, Michele
Title Models of disability support governance: a framework for assessing and reforming social policy
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0157-6321
Publication date 2015-10-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 50
Issue 3
Start page 233
End page 252
Total pages 20
Place of publication Canberra, ACT, Australia
Publisher Australian Social Policy Association
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract In many developed countries, the provision of disability services has undergone significant transformations, from institutional to community based care, and from oganisational to personalised funding. Yet delivering disability support remains an ongoing challenge for governments. Specifically, the relative success of different types of disability support governance is convoluted and problematic given the diversity and complexity of disability support systems and the people they serve. To enhance the systematic analysis and evaluation of disability support governance, this paper conceptually advances four distinct models based on the locus of control and coordination of such support: uncoordinated; casework governance; dwelling-based governance; and user-coordinated. Using illustrations from case studies of individuals receiving care, the identification of these ideal types enables their relative strengths, weaknesses, and the occasions of governance failure to be articulated. No one model is universally applicable to people, nor immune to failure. Furthermore, the paper presents a novel approach to visualising actual disability support arrangements as social networks. The utility of such visualisations for analysing individual and systemwide arrangements is outlined. In the context of Australia's developing National Disability Insurance Scheme, these conceptual and analytical developments are argued to be important tools for policy and service analysis and reform.
Keyword Disability services
Acquired disability
National Disability Insurance Scheme
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Wed, 07 Oct 2015, 09:47:33 EST by Dr Paul Henman on behalf of School of Social Science